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Steve Nelson

This outstanding vibraphonist and composer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Masters and Bachelors degrees in music and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University. As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David Fathead Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean. He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made three recordings as the leader of his own group. His recordings as a leader include Live At Acireale (Red Records), Full Nelson (Sunnyside) and Communications (Criss Cross)

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Exactly Right

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Exactly Right!; Is That So?; Hand in Glove; So Many Stars; Carmine's Bridge; Nefertiti; Mellow D; Theme for Ernie; Scarborough Fair; Ugetsu

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Nomadic

Label: Changes Music - Tomas Janzon
Released: 2023
Track listing: Out Door Valley; Rob’s Piano; Night Watch; Letter from JSB; Search for Peace; Valse Hot; Subconscious Lee/Hot House; Ascending; Uncovering; Blue Frog Return; Pressing Forward.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Guitar Reviews: Michael Musillami, Tomas Janzon and Rafael Rosa

Read "Guitar Reviews: Michael Musillami, Tomas Janzon and Rafael Rosa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are some interesting recent releases that all feature guitarists, either as bandleaders or sidemen. Michael Musillami Trio Block Party Playscape 2023 Michael Musillami's trio with Joe Fonda on bass and George Schuller on drums has been around since 2003. In that time they have released ten albums, ...

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...

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Article: Live Review

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Paul Reynolds


Litchfield Jazz Festival The Frederick Gunn School Washington CT July 28 to July 30, 2023 It's fitting that a festival set in a location as venerable-sounding as the Litchfield Hills deeply respects tradition. That commitment starts with the music styles it presents. While the Litchfield Jazz Festival isn't averse to going ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomas Janzon: Nomadic

Read "Nomadic" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Nomadic, Tomas Janzon's sixth album as leader, is a pleasant, easy-going session that benefits greatly from the presence, on half a dozen tracks, of the superb vibraphonist Steve Nelson who adds substance and color to what is essentially a quartet or trio session wherein Janzon's mellow guitar carries much of the weight. There ...

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Article: Liner Notes

David Hazeltine: Inversions

Read "David Hazeltine: Inversions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It's often said that those with enviable skills make the most sophisticated actions look easy. Be it glass blowing or ice-skating, what appears to be within the grasp of the novice often involves an underlying complexity not readily apparent at first. The same could be said of higher forms of music such as classical and jazz. ...

Album

Thank You, Duke!

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; In a Sentimental Mood; Day Dream; Sophisticated Lady; Isfahan; In a Sentimental Mood; Chromatic Love Affair; Mood Indigo; Come Sunday; The Feeling of Jazz.

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Article: Catching Up With

Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career

Read "Naama Gheber's Detours Lead Straight To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser


There is no “normal" journey to becoming an established, professional musician. Every path is different; each story one of a kind. But some are perhaps more different than most. Naama Gheber's surely ranks among those in the “more different" category: not many jazz singers began their adult years by serving as an ...


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